It All Makes Sense Now - 2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: It All Makes Sense Now

December 07, 2011

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Although the current-generation Infiniti M is larger than its predecessors, it has a narrower track than either the Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 5 Series, and it's slimmer across the shoulders, too. The upshot is that our long-term M56 does not feel like a full-size car (as the Benz and Bimmer do), and the interior is more of a cockpit than a cabin.

Why does Infiniti make its middle-size sedan so compact?

It's not really about keeping weight down or making the car feel like a sport sedan on back road. Nope, it has more to do with making sure the Japanese-spec version of the car, the Nissan Fuga, fits into a suburban Tokyo garage like this one, which I happened to walk by last week. Clearly would have been a tighter fit with an E-Class or 5 Series.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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